February[feb′ro̵̅o̅ er′ē, feb′yo̵̅o̅ er′ē]
- February means the second month of the year.
An example of February is the month that comes after January.
The month of February.
nounpl. Februaries or Februarys
the second month of the year, having 28 days in regular years and 29 days in leap years: abbrev. Feb or F
Origin of FebruaryMiddle English Februarie ; from Classical Latin Februarius (mensis), origin, originally month of expiation ; from februa, Romans; Roman festival of purification held Feb. 15, plural of februum, means of purification, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhwes-, to stir up, blow, eddy from source deer, dizzy
The second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.
Origin of FebruaryMiddle English Februarie, from Latin Februārius (mēnsis), (month) of purification, from februa, expiatory offerings, possibly of Sabine origin. Usage Note: The preferred pronunciation among usage writers is (fĕb′r&oomac;-ĕr′ē), but in actual usage the pronunciation (fĕb′y&oomac;-ĕr′ē) is far more common and so cannot be considered incorrect. The loss of the first r in this pronunciation can be accounted for by the phonological process known as dissimilation, whereby one of two similar or identical sounds in a word is changed or dropped so that a repetition of that sound is avoided. In the case of February, the loss of the first r was also helped along by the influence of January, which has only one r.